Brexit and Early Career Ecologists: the risks and opportunities, and what we can do about them

Join the Conservation SIG to decode what Brexit could mean for those just beginning their careers in conservation ecology.

This one-day workshop will be aimed at empowering early-career ecologists with the know-how and ideas to better deal with the implications of Brexit for their careers. Keynote speakers include Dame Georgina Mace (UCL) and Prof Charlotte Burns (University of Sheffield), and will be followed by discussions and breakout sessions in the afternoon.

Registration fees are £15 for the day and include tea, coffee and lunch.

Registration deadline is 17:00 (GMT) Friday 8th February.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday 20 February, 9:30am til 4pm.

Full programme:

9:30am Meet over coffee.

10am Welcome- Andy Suggitt, BES Conservation Ecology Group.

10:10am Plenary #1: Dame Georgina Mace, University College London. ‘How do science and policy inform each other?’

10:30am Plenary #2: Brendan Costelloe, BES Policy Manager. ‘A whistle-stop tour of environment policy at the UK and EU levels’.

10:50am Plenary #3: Prof Charlotte Burns, University of Sheffield. ‘Brexit and the environment: a natural history.’

11:10am Quick morning break (grab a coffee/croissant!).

11:25am Breakout discussion #1: ‘Where we are at in 2019’. Possible topics include: ‘What have been the successes or failures of European cooperation on the environment?’, ‘What is the likely ecological impact of the new bills on agriculture and on fisheries?, ‘What are the strengths and weaknesses of the 25-year environment plan?’.

12:30pm Lunch.

1:40pm Breakout discussion #2: ‘What do we want our post-Brexit environment policy to look like?’. Possible topics: ‘The new Environment Bill’, ‘A public goods approach to land subsidies- what should we include, and what should we prioritise?’, ‘Reimagining environmental policy- if we could do anything what would it be?’.

2:45pm Quick afternoon break.

3pm Group discussion to bring it all together: ‘Where do we go from here?’ Chairs: Andy Suggitt, Katie Threadgill and the plenary speakers.

3:30pm Conclusion and wrap-up.

3:45pm Sign up for follow-on activities.

4pm Close.

4:30pm BES Conservation Ecology Group Meeting and Social. Venue: Blue Lion, Grey’s Inn Road, 2min walk from Charles Darwin House.

For more on why you should come along on the 20th Feb, see this post on the Applied Ecologist Blog.

Email Andy Suggitt ( with any queries. We look forward to seeing you there!

Register here